Arcana: Jabberwocking

Arcana Jabberwocking

Fresh gingerroot with ginger grass, strawberry, satsuma, raspberry, ruby grapefruit, apricot, chai, and green musk.

Summer is fast approaching, and as a result, I’m on the hunt for bright, fruity perfumes that I can wear in the blistering Florida heat. This scent is one I never see for sale, and I haven’t heard anything about it. But it’s got a variety of tart fruits and a splash of ginger, so it sounded perfect for the hot weather. If you’re wondering about the name, it has nothing to do with Alice in Wonderland. It’s actually a euphemism for female masturbation, as is the rest of the Meow collection.

In the bottle:  I’m immediately hit with a splash of sweet chai and ginger, with a subtle lemon undertone. It smells like walking into a fancy tea store. I’m into it.

On the skin: The ginger and chai are definitely the stars of this blend. Once applied, it morphs a little bit, becoming very warm and spicy, like a fancy cup of chai. Despite the fruits dominating the note list, I don’t really smell any. I like the blend a lot, but it is totally different from what I was expecting based on the note list.

TL;DR: A warm cup of spicy ginger chai. Delicious. 4/5.

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Raspberry Sufganiyot

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BPAL Raspberry Sufganiyot

Sugar-sprinkled sufganiyot filled with sweet raspberry jelly.

I’m Jewish, and Jewish tradition has many incredible foods. One of my personal favorites is sufganiyot, which is a jelly-filled doughnut traditionally served during Hanukkah. When I heard that BPAL created a scent that is supposed to smell of this delicious treat, I had to try it to see if it really does smell like raspberry filled sufganiyot, as that smell so so nostalgic and comforting for me. As this is a recurring scent from the Yule collection, it is only available during certain times of the year.

In the bottle: Sweet raspberry jelly! It’s very realistic and not overly artificial. It really makes your mouth water. I’m not getting much dough or powdered sugar yet.

On the skin: The fried dough definitely becomes more apparent, but the jelly still rules the blend. It honestly does smell like a jelly doughnut! I could also see this being a good summer scent since the fried dough gives that that “fair/carnival food” vibe. My one complaint with this is that after a couple of hours, the jelly gets a little plastic-y smelling.

TL;DR: Jelly doughnut. A solid pastry gourmand. 4/5.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Alice, Reaper of Cruelty

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Alice, Reaper of Cruelty

Bourbon geranium emboldened by the rich scent of aged patchouli, the sweetness of peach, raspberry leaf, and bourbon vanilla, surrounded by a butterfly swarm of spicy carnation and Italian bergamot.

This one was a free sample I received. I’m not a floral person at all, but I figure that I’d give it a shot. You can buy this for $26 US on the BPAL website. Samples are not available since this is part of the Pretty Deadly collection.

In the bottle: Very strong and spicy, but not incense spicy. Kind of floral spicy? I would consider this an “oriental floral” scent if I was using mainstream terminology.

On the skin: It’s mostly carnation, bergamot and geranium on me. There is definitely patchouli in there, but its actually taking a backseat to the florals so someone who hates patch might like this. I think I can detect a tiny hint of fresh raspberry in the back? This feminine but not traditionally so. Like one of the assassins from Kill Bill would wear this.

TL;DR: Spicy florals. Feminine, but dangerous. 3/5.